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Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Thank God for Hollande!

Hollande invokes EU treaty, hoping to build coalition against ISIS

(CNN)Once again Wednesday, the French President used the W-word: France, he said, is at war.

The terrorist group ISIS, President Francois Hollande said, "has an army, financial resources, oil resources, and occupies a territory."

In other words, last Friday's terrorist attacks in Paris that killed 129 people, which authorities believe were committed by ISIS, were perpetrated by something that looks pretty much like a country.
Hollande wants to rally his nation -- to forge the kind of unity that nations rarely exhibit in times of peace. But there may be more legalistic reasons, as well.

The French President wants what amounts to war powers at home. And he is choosing not to invoke an article of one of the European Union treaties that requires member states to help in case of "a terrorist attack."

Instead, Holland wants to invoke Article 42.7 of another treaty -- the Treaty on European Union -- that applies to war. Article 42.7 requires EU countries to do all they can to help when one of their own is the "victim of armed aggression."

This would mark the first time the article has ever been invoked. (Please continue reading here)


Friday, September 11, 2015

9/11’s Last Rescue Dog

Bretagne, the only surviving 9/11 rescue canine, gets a hero’s welcome in NYC for her 16th birthday.

Fourteen years ago today, Texas Task Force 1 K9 officer Denise Corliss went on her first deployment with a new partner, a golden retriever named Bretagne. Joining close to 100 other search-and-rescue teams from around the country, they worked tirelessly to find and save people trapped beneath the rubble of the World Trade Center. Bretagne and Corliss have been together ever since, and last month they returned to New York to celebrate the brave pup’s sweet 16

As the last known remaining rescue dog from the 9/11 recovery, Bretagne was given a hero’s welcome in the Big Apple. She got lots of new toys and presents, a dog-friendly cake, and frolicked in a dog park, finally resting in a swanky Central Park hotel. In true hero fashion, she endured it all with a toothy smile and wagging tail.  (Continues)

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Some GOP Donors Hoping Romney Will Jump in the Race

Though this election cycle was supposed to feature the most impressive field of Republican presidential candidates in decades, a handful of the party’s major donors and bundlers remain underwhelmed by their options. They are longing for the bad old days, and Mitt Romney is still their man. These holdouts continue to hope that the former Massachusetts governor, who said in January he would not run for a third time, will change his mind. They believe he could dispel the chaos that has reigned over the Republican field for months. Though they gave plenty of money to Romney’s presidential campaigns, this year they’re keeping their wallets shut, waiting for him to reenter the fray.
Dr. Greggory DeVore, who in 2012 raised more than $1 million for Romney, is one of these men. He’s even printed up Romney 2016 bumper stickers, and his black Audi S8 has two pasted on the back. “Romney 2016,” they say. “I told you so — now let’s fix it.”

“The guy was prophetic in what he saw,” DeVore says of Romney. This cycle, he says, “I cannot commit a dime to anybody because I don’t see a future.” According to DeVore, several top Romney donors are keeping their powder dry because they “recognize that the people we’ve put out are not the same caliber as a Mitt Romney.”

“They’re looking around and asking, ‘Is there anybody else to believe in?’ And the answer is no.”
Dave Van Slooten, a former Wall Street investor who donated more than $50,000 to Romney, says he’s similarly underwhelmed by the current GOP field. “We got exposure to all the candidates in the last debate, and I personally don’t think any of them measure up to Mitt,” Van Slooten says. (Continues)

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Megyn Kelly's ratings soar despite Trump's tweets

Donald Trump's trolling of Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly on Twitter isn't hurting her standing with viewers.

"The Kelly File" delivered 3.1 million viewers on Monday, the program's largest audience of the year and more than the rest of the cable news competition on CNN, MSNBC and HLN combined in the 9 p.m. Eastern Time hour, Nielsen data showed. Kelly was also the cable news leader in the time slot among the 25-to-54 age group most desired by advertisers for cable news programming, scoring 603,000 viewers.

Kelly returned from a vacation only to be subjected to harsh tweets from Trump, the front-runner for the Republican presidential nomination who apparently hasn't gotten over the tough questioning he received from the anchor at the Aug. 6 primary debate. "I liked The Kelly File much better without @megynkelly. Perhaps she could take another eleven day unscheduled vacation!" Trump tweeted, prompting a spate of other attacks on the anchor that he retweeted.

Trump's display may have had viewers tuning in to see Kelly respond (she didn't, and has refrained from publicly discussing any of Trump's comments about her). Her vacation, the first she has taken in six months, had been planned in advance, Fox News has said.  (Full Story)